LIFE


Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a voluntary group rehabilitating orphaned and traumatised girls When they come to us, they are in a pitiable state -- battered as they are, physically, mentally and emotionally. Most have gone through such trauma that their world seems to be collapsing around them....

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes an all-India effort in engaging with development workers The National Foundation for India (NFI) is an autonomous, professionally managed trust working for disadvantaged communities. It was set up in 1992 by a group of eminent citizens led by late C Subramaniam...

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Ajit Mantagani 23 April 2009
Every customer has access to prices and specifications from suppliers anywhere on earth. Customers can play one supplier against the other. Under those conditions, long-standing relationships and good products are not enough.” How true, in a networked world! So, Ram Charan embarks on...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 09 April 2009
Shikshantar is making a difference in education. Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how At the turn of this century, when Manish and Vidhi Jain returned from the US, many friends asked what they planned to do. Manish’s answer was: “to unlearn my Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.”...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of an NGO in improving healthcare in slums When a medical doctor leaves a lucrative practice and settles in the voluntary sector, it speaks of his passion and commitment to medical care. Dr Siddharth Agarwal, executive director, Urban Health Resource...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the AEIOU of fighting ostracism Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (SILF) was set up in November 2006 at Delhi as a charitable trust to infuse dignity and meaning into the lives of those affected by leprosy. Its credo is -- A: acceptance; E: education; I: income...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a Mumbai NGO that provides more than sneha When Dr Armida Fernandez, former Dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (better known as Sion Hospital), Mumbai, founded an NGO in 1999, she aptly called it Sneha -- affection. It is an acronym for Society for...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the Setu experiment in Kutch The concept of a Setu Centre, which could facilitate relief and rehabilitation of the earthquake-affected communities, emerged from the chaos and distress of the earthquake that struck Gujarat on 26 January 2001. Literally, within three...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a medical research NGO that focuses on Dr NH Antia -- the legendary plastic surgeon who did pioneering research on nerve damage caused by leprosy -- had two beacons for the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) which he set up in 1975. One, demystify medicine for the...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a much-needed training effort in Ahmedabad As a medical rep in Ahmedabad, Rajendra Joshi would notice the appalling state of public health in the slums. He knew that it was the result of poverty, arising from lack of livelihood and income and was determined to do...

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Four books from Wiley capture the current financial crisis from four angles. Collectively, they offer interesting insights It is common among businessmen, fund managers, analysts and sundry experts in the media to label the current financial crisis as something so sudden and virulent that...

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Two recent books on India written by authors of two different generationspresent an embrassingly rosy picture of India As an assistant editor of Financial Express in 1989, I was asked to write about a new steel plant that was coming up in a place near Amethi, in UP, the constituency of the...

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Amita Chauhan writes on one man’s effort to improve the life of women in rural Tamil Nadu There are many reasons why people work with or start their own NGOs. Experiencing poverty first-hand is, generally, the most compelling one. That is certainly what motivated Loganathan, who grew up poor...

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Richard Branson says his name should have been “Brandson” because brand building is in his DNA. His grandfather marketed branded cows! He is a billionaire who does not carry cash and his daughter says he can’t use an ATM because he does not remember his pin code. Once his wife had to stop him...

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Credibility Alliance aims at making NGOs more accountable and transparent. Sharvari Abhyankar explains how In this space, you have been reading about various non-government organisations (NGOs) striving for a better and more equitable world, by bridging the gaps in our development saga. Most of...

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Tarika Vaswani describes the work of Children Toy Foundation Devendrai Desai has fond memories of his childhood. He recalls one particular incident rather vividly. One regular, mundane morning, he was gathering his toys to go and play at a friend’s house and just could not find his checkers...

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Amita Chauhan describes how DESIRE helps innocent victims of a deadly disease Did you know that: Every minute of every day, on average, a child dies of HIV/AIDS? A child loses a parent to AIDS-related causes every 14 seconds? By 2010, an estimated 25 million children are expected to have...

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Tarika Vaswani on a charitable trust set up by a businessman that bridges the gap between the haves and the have-nots What motivated a hard-working man, who successfully started two businesses that flourished, to venture into a whole new world of activity? What made someone who was living...

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Lend them your EAR; you will open up the world to those who cannot hear, says Tarika Vaswani Every organisation has a story behind its existence and the Education Audiology and Research Society (EAR) is no different. Set up in 1963 by Meher Vakeel, it has, over the years, opened up a whole new...

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Geeta Seshu profiles the MBA Foundation whose credo is to ensure life with self-esteem and dignity for the disabled The sound of music engulfed me as I walked into a ground-floor apartment at Powai. A group of young men and women was practising a dance -- surrounded by grinning and cheerful...

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